Rolando Vázquez is assistant professor of Sociology at the Roosevelt Academy of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He got a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City (1997) and a Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought at the University of Warwick (2000). Supervised by Prof. Robert Fine, he made his PhD in 2005. The dissertation was titled “Questioning Modern Time with Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin”. Since 2007 he has been working at the Roosevelt Academy.
His research circles around three interdisciplinary topics: ‘postcolonial thinking’, ‘visual social experience’ and the ‘critique of modern time’. His work brings together a variety of fields such as: critical theory, continental philosophy, post-structuralism, decolonial thinking, visual studies and aesthetics. He has written about Coloniality, Modernity, the Critique of Modern Time and Photography.
“This project dovetails with my own ongoing research agenda of bringing to dialogue the European Critique of Modernity with Latin American and Caribbean decolonial thinking. The task of a dialogue between Latin America and Europe, as I see it, is necessary for extending the critique of modern forms of hegemony and thus, for opening up a space of epistemic justice where ‘other knowledges‘ can thrive”